The government on Friday came up with an order stating that Mid-Term exam for all classes from 5th to 12th shall begin from mid-June, adding that for 10th and 12th classes, Golden Test shall be held as a ‘mandatory examination.’
The move has come after schools witnessed unending protests since April this year. The order is said to be contrary to the past practice wherein the Golden Test was optional.
Making the Golden Test mandatory is also said to be aimed to put a stop on ongoing student protests in which class 10th and 12th students were seen taking active an part.
An order issued from Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) stated that “dates notified for Mid-Term Examination will be followed strictly;” adding that “under no circumstances any change will be allowed. It has been further notified that the annual exam is likely to be held in September 2017.”
While talking to Kashmir Vision, Tahir Bashir, a student of class 12th of a Govt Higher Secondary said that “I don’t remember when I last appear in the midterm exams. This order is clearly aimed to take revenge from the students.”
The order has also directed the institution heads that “they will have to certify that 100% syllabus has been covered, even if additional classes have to be organized.”
Another student while speaking on the issue said that “Govt institutions completing 100% syllabus is a joke, we at times have to complete the syllabus of our own.”
The order issued by DSEK said that “only those candidates will be allowed to sit in the exam who have obtained more than 90% of attendance, which can be calculated from the number of classes attended w.e.f 15-05-2017,till the notification issued for the examination.”
The DSEK has further instructed teachers and students to focus on their assignments for the timely completion of syllabus.